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Hidden Grievance


Published 1959


Perhaps that Cajun-sounding employee has a bigger problem than what he keeps griping about and now the union is involved. What a mess! What is a foreman supposed to do?


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Production Company Calvin Company
Audio/Visual sound, color
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Reviewer: torgman - - August 13, 2008
Subject: Jake's accent.
I'm gonna say he's not cajun, but French-Canadian.
Reviewer: uncleslappy38 - - December 21, 2007
Subject: "it's not phfair!"
"well jake, we've never tried it before, but maybe a rubber mat... something to stand on is the answer."

great "what should they do?" episode involving a supervisor and an unhappy employee who is clearly not cajun.
Reviewer: MetroBase - - September 17, 2007
Subject: How to file a grievance /or "SHUT UP ALREADY"!!!
Perhaps Jake is suffering from BPD that is Borderline Personality Defect, which manifests itself as a constant need to complain. This condition may have been brought about by the fact that as a child Jake was accidentally dropped on his head. This coupled with the fact that he was being beat up by the girls in his school may explain why he was always complaining about everything. At home without a legitimate father, when Jake complained his step uncle would come out of Jake's mom's room and beat him. This went on for years, sometime the step uncles were different but the beatings were not. Then Jake fell in love and left home to be with his bride. For a while the goose hung high and all seem well, he stops complaining. Then Jake not being able to help himself due to his illness started complaining again. But this time there were no beatings. Now, he complained day and night, in his sleep and everywhere about everything. This nearly drove his wife mad and she left. At the plant, no one had any idea of Jake condition. They only knew about his constant complaining and thought him just a pain in the ass. And this is where were at in the movie. Jake was now involved in a so-called bitter grievance with his foreman and making his life miserable. In reality as is the case, Jake actions were motivated more by the need to complain the actual details and any resolutions were secondary in his mind. By stalling and his continuing displeasure he keeps the fantasy alive. Then came the fateful day when even the union could not take his constant complaining and drop his case. Jake snapped, he went on a shooting spree that causes the death of his co-workers. Amongst them the Foreman and the Union Delegate. Jake was taken into custody, tried and found guilty and imprisoned, he complained all the way. Recently Jake has been beaten up several times by inmates for complaining to much.

I place Jake higher on the scale of offenders, a 13 to be correct. The level of violence coupled with the mental state preceding the killings makes him truly evil and a menace to society. When Jake could no longer keep the fantasy alive, everything in him broke down and years of repress anger and resentments came to surface. The beatings by his step uncles(?), by the school girls and his wife leaving, rendered him helpless and doomed in his mind. His only way out was to kill everyone and complain about that.
Reviewer: Spuzz - - January 8, 2006
Subject: Shed some light on this..
A somewhat confusing film, but enjoyable nevertheless. Jake is having numerous problems at his work station. Harsh lighting, wonky flooring. Larry, his boss, helps him any way he can,. New lighting, rubber mat on the floor. Still Jake is unhappy. Turns out he doesnt like his position in the company. The work is too hard! Larry says give it time! Unhappy with this answer, Jake goes to the union! Soon Larry has a formal grievance on his hands, his boss (?) said what went wrong? The only problem I had with this is the end card, which said, What is a foreman supposed to do?. Huh? Was Larry a foreman? Im so confused. Why is Spuzz so confused. (stop film, discuss)
Reviewer: Christine Hennig - - September 23, 2004
Subject: What's a Poor Foreman to Do?
This is another "discussion film," like The Grapevine. Jake, a machinist with a Canadian accent, has a lot of complaintsÂÂthe light's too dim, his feet hurt, etc. His foreman tries to be accommodating, but no dice. Jake finally tells him his real beefÂÂhe thinks he's being given all the tough jobs and none of the easy ones. The foreman tries to tell him that the jobs he's been assigned are no tougher than what anyone else has to do, but Jake doesn't believe him. So he goes and files a complaint with the union that he's being discriminated against, for being Canadian, I guess. What's the poor foreman to do? Again, this has a "What do you think?" ending. This seems a little more fair than The Grapevine. Neither Jake nor the foreman is made out to be a total bad guyÂÂit seems like the problem is more a result of a misunderstanding. I'm not sure how I would handle it, frankly.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: **. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ***.
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